Abner…oh Abner

What better way to start the day than a post on my hero Abner Graboff. Abner was a prolific illustrator of children’s books in the 1950s and 60s.

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I don’t know what it is about the illustrators of this period, but I am so drawn to the simplicity and jauntiness of the illustrations.

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The way Abner used colour and simple shapes is so inspiring and his layouts are so quirky and unique. There isn’t much to be found about him online and his books are hard to come across. However there is an excellent blog post by The Ward-O-Matic which features an interview with his son Jon Graboff.

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I’m hoping some of his magic will rub off on my own work! We shall see…

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